GM extends hydrogen fuel cell R&D project with US Army
The United States Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) has a fuel cell laboratory in Warren, Michigan, around 20 miles away from equivalent facilities owned by General Motors, facilitating daily collaboration.
General Motors and TARDEC will test new materials for performance and durability, as part of ongoing efforts to reduce fuel usage and greenhouse gas emissions, extending an existing trial of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in Hawaii.
Charlie Freese, executive director of GM’s global fuel cell engineering activities, said: ‘We believe hydrogen fuel cell technology holds tremendous potential to one day help reduce our dependence on petroleum and we are committed to building on our leadership through the continued development.’
Hydrogen fuel cells are a key research area for General Motors. The carmaker announced a collaborative project with Honda earlier this year, and has accumulated nearly three million miles of real-world driving with a fleet of 119 hydrogen-powered vehicles. Future research and development will take place at its new fuel cell laboratory, under construction in Pontiac, Michigan.